Christianity, Ninian Smart's Seven Dimensions Of Religion

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In relation to Christianity, Ninian Smart’s Seven Dimensions of religion seem to all be at play and sometimes overlap between dimensions. But because Christianity is such a vast religion with many subdivisions and differing views, certain dimensions that are consistent throughout the differing sects play a greater role than other dimensions that are less consistent across sects. Consistently prioritized in this religion are the aspects of the ritual or practical dimension, the ethical or legal dimension, and the experiential or emotional dimension. For Christianity, the ritual or practical dimension applies to the various forms of worship, prayer, and other practices of the Christian church. An essential part of Christianity is prayer and worship. Christians have made Sunday, the day…show more content…
“The Parable of the Sower” and other related parables in Mark 4 explain how one should listen to the word of God and treat others. Jesus says, “And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit,” (Mark 4) in order to emphasize how the people who accept and understand the word of God and live by it will be saved. Other texts such as Matthew 5-7, emphasize obedience in thought and deed to God. In this text, Jesus interpreted the Ten Commandments in a new way, telling his followers how they should act in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. He said, “Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5). These moral rules and laws that are taught in widely read Christian texts are followed by the large majority of Christians as the way for members to live their lives based on obedience and love of
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